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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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4.32
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can, undated. I didn't even know they did cans, but I'm glad they do. Poured into ale glass.

L: 2F+ light tan head with minimal retention (not shocking at ABV), leaves a little bit of cap and ring. Beer is dark black,.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, burned sugar, anisette, vanilla

T: Taste follows nose wonderfully. They've recreated a slightly-overbaked biscotti dunked in coffee beautifully. Especially enjoy the burned taste as well as appreciate the restraint with the almond flavoring, as it can get out of hand very quickly and easily.

F: Medium-bodied, just right. Light soft carbonation. Very nice construction and good balance. Solid from beginning to end.

O: Every bit as good as advertised.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, small tan head and dots of lace that eventually disappear. Roasty sweet vanilla cream in the aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla cream, Biscotti cookie soaked in coffee and gently charred bread. Borders on a full feel, creamy with a push of carbonation, leaves a linger both sweet and bitter roast with a coated feeling on the palette. This is one to revisit many times, an amazing stout.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [4.25] The can lists the ABV (11.5%) there is a Batch Number but no date code (at 11.5% I am not sure it matters). I gave it a rough pour and was rewarded with 3 fingers of bulletproof-dense mocha colored head. The beer below is black to cola colored when backlit.

S: [3.50] A little bit of a rust/metallic odor up front. This is replaced quickly with cocoa, rum raisins and vanilla.

T: [4.25] Again with the early metallic taste but washed away by chocolate, coffee, vanilla, marshmallow, charred wood. No taste of alcohol at 11.5%.

M: [4.50] Slick and oily. Lower carbonation makes it feel even heavier. There is no alcohol heat - the only thing that lingers is a bit of drying from the malts.

O: [4.00] I have saved this for a while. I had one several months ago but didn't rate it at the time (I loved it). Maybe I let that experience fill me with too much expectation. This is a really good beer - but I remembered it like a religious experience. Still a great Imperial Stout with a lot to offer. I especially like the ABV without it kicking me in the face. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a frothy mocha head that has good retention & leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a pleasant but understated with roasted malt & coffee being most prominent.

Taste is much bolder than the nose with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla & a nuttiness to it.

Medium body that coats the palate quite well and leaves a slick on the tongue.

Overall, a very good stout I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank this last night during whatever WWE ppv was going on, Roadblock? It sucked. The beer though, that was better.

Poured black. Very dark jet black as they say. Not much head. Did I mention this came in a can? The aroma wasn't huge on coffee, I was hoping for that. A little underwhelmed on the nose. I mean its good, but it was tame and pedestrian at the same time.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well and there is a nutty contingent going on with chocolate and coffee here, a certain breadiness underneath it all, like melba toast and imperial stout together at last.

The mouth feel excels, not harshly roasted, not alcoholic despite its massive strength. Slick chocolate and creamer. Wow I can't believe it took this far into the review to mention how creamy it was.

It was almost $5 a can/pint. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in an imperial pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with a jet black body and thick fluffy tan head that holds pretty good strength to stand with good retention, it just slowly dissipates to a thin everlasting foamy layer on the surface and leaves plenty of sticky lace in form of patch and spot, impressive showcase considering its high ABV.

In a nose, there are solid suggestions of milky, creamy, yet bitter chocolate as well as a strong presence of coffee in the way of fresh, dark, creamy, and aromatic not in kind of too sour or astringent. Then it is vanilla, licorice, caramel, hazelnut, lightly fruity, slight roasted, toasted bread, and biscuit, also with a subtle scent of alcohol. The aroma is more open when the beer starts to warm with a bolder note of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is insanely rich and tasty led by big sweetness that is brought down to balance level by the complexity of flavor ranging from coffee, chocolate, cocoa, creamy, toasted bread, biscuit, some roasted, vanilla, caramel, some warm and sweet alcohol. Slight astringency and some bitterness at time impart from its roasted character. Yes, it still has big residual sweetness after all but it is not that overwhelmingly sweet. It is just right and proper to harmoniously get along with the other flavors.

Full, slick, oily, and sticky mouthfeel with modest amount of carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well under its super silky smooth effervescence that sweeps throughout the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is damn good, nearly flawless if sweet, creamy smooth, chocolaty, and coffee Stout is your preferred glass. Alcohol is there with a heat but it is pretty much 70-80% concealed, I can say, underneath its tasty palate. This is the beer I will be looking forward to grab it again without any doubt.

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Photo of donspublic
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sniffer tan 1 inch head, nice lacing. Dark black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt , coffee and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and some tartness. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous.

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Photo of Hallu
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting more from this. It's a stout really focusing on the dark fruits, and slightly on the coffee/roastiness. No chocolate or sweetness anywhere in there. Slight liquorice on the taste. No biscuit anywhere in this, that was a disappointment. It also doesn't stay very long in the mouth, and tends to be too boozy, a recurring fault in Evil Twin creations. It is still a very good beer, but there are better American stouts for the price. Bell's stouts come to mind.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a finger of rusty chocolate head.

Smells of coffee, cream, snow, liquorice, and dark toasted notes. A little like Kailua, as it has some alcohol presence. Chocolate truffles.

Sweet, hints of orange, chocolate, truffles, black liquorice, and Kailua.

Thick, oily, slightly syrupy body, like Hershey's chocolate syrup. Moderate, slightly peppery carbonation. The alcohol is mostly felt in the throat.


Got online, drinking in Chiang Mai Dec 12th, 2016. Really well done brew. Enjoying it on this pre-Christmas night.

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Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it has a dark beige head of a quarter inch and a black body. Smell of slight roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, biscotti, amaretto, almond, marzipan, and dark chocolate. Taste is much the same, large amount of coffee, roasted malt, amaretto, slight marzipan at the end, dark chocolate, and cherry. Mouthfeel is full as well as body and carbonation. A rich and flavorful stout with a smell that sticks to it's name more than flavor, but is still excellent anyways.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

160z can into a pint glass. batch #4, whatever that means.

looks pure evil as it pours blacker than black with the look of old motor oil. nice small beige head, leaving some lacing at first. head eventually disappears altogether.

aroma is strongly of bourbon. there are some faint cocoa tones, but little else. thought i'd picked up the BBA version, but no, at least according to the can.

oh dear. taste is almost exclusively bourbon alcohol. no almond, no vanilla, it does pick up some coffee tones as it warms up. there is a faintly metallic quality to it as well.

close to full on the mouth. bourbon on the finish, as well as the faint metallic taste.

overall, I guess I', the only man in the country who does not like this beer one bit. reminds me of my reaction to Backwoods Bastard. just too much booze and not enough beer. sorry, Evil Twin, but this was a drain pour for me.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Notes of chocolate, brewed coffee, roasted malts, plum jam. Full body, smooth texture, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily, inky black, with a brownish beige head of 4 fingers in the snifter. Nice rings of lace left behind.

Aromas of pure amaretto - the cherry, the almond - and coffee, nuttiness, and maybe a hint of black olive.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, fusel alcohol, and then hints of amaretto and espresso. The tart cherry remains throughout the finish. A touch of paper, but I don't think it's oxidized. Nice roasty finish. It's better when you leave it on your tongue for a little while. Finishes on coffee.

Feel is carbonated and smooth, creamy, full bodied. Leaves an ashy roasty feel in the mouth as it subsides.

Well, it's not half bad. As to whether i'd buy a 4 pack of cans, it's a toss up. Still worth a try if you haven't done it yet.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Optics are as expected, head is thick and fluffy. Aroma was a little lite on mine, but there are definite notes of cream, almond and mild espresso. Wish it was more robust. Flavor is good, the aroma is a very good indicator of what you get - vanilla, almond and light espresso. Also a tad soft, but definitely tasty. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vader444
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One pint can poured into tulip.

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time. It is an outstanding example of a coffee stout with bold flavours and a rich mouthfeel. I struggled a bit to identify the "biscotti" element but as this warmed up towards room temperature it developed a very subtle marzipan flavour. Overall a fabulous beer but perhaps not as good as Evil Twin's Even More Jesus sampled on the same evening. I would probably have enjoyed a second of these if it wasn't a "school night". Cheers!

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Inky black with no head or lacing. Has a very clear, flat appearance, almost like glass. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla and a boozy, oak/bourbon hint even though this isn't barrel aged. Altogether a complex and balanced aroma. The taste is a little more circumscribed with dark chocolate and coffee dominating but not so much cream or vanilla except for a bit on the aftertaste. Not as complex as the aroma. Feel is thick and creamy with, as expected, low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla sugar wafers

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This slow-sipping, dessert beer would have been better had it been barrel aged but, still, pretty good. This had some really great components but I think it's a case where the sum maybe isn't greater than the whole of its parts. It's not something I (or most people) would drink every day but it's worth trying if you haven't before.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a thin lacing tan head
S: some vanilla
T: coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate
F: rich, creamy, booze on the finish
O: 16 ounce can, Rich delicious sipper

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boy, is this a chocolate bomb! Along with vanilla, almond, and dark roast flavors. It's dark and it's sweet. It's one of the sweetest beers I can remember. Like drinking a very good alcoholic candy bar. Served at a bar, from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #001 13:58. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Medium tan head with thick sheets of persistent lacing. Initial 1/4" head died back to a thin ring at the edges.

Smell: Vanilla, almond, just a bit of espresso.

Taste: A perfect blend of vanilla, almond, roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and an alcohol accent. Really an amazing dessert in a glass. Definitely a sweet beer, but it is countered at the finish with the bitter coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy and quite thick. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to enjoy after dinner. While this would pair really well with a dessert, I don't think one is needed as this beer is dessert. One per evening with a wonderful potent beer like this one, and 16oz is just right.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.
Appearance - an impenetrable black; thick, creamy mocha head that slowly dissolves to a thin layer! Lacing is par.
Smell - a little blend of coffee and biscotti, vanilla and amaretto!
Taste - the description of the nose matches up in the flavor profile, however, the order is more amaretto, biscotti, vanilla and hints of coffee! This has stand out character in my opinion; a beer drinking session that reminds me of sipping amaretto and having a piece of tiramisu and a cup of coffee!
Feel - this is a heavy weight of a beer, but doesn't feel like it; the booze is subtle with the amaretto, the vanilla and almond makes for enough of a sweet touch to mask the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink!
Overall - The flavor profile is dynamic, I totally dig the amaretto qualities! I also love the use of the 16oz 4 pack cans by Evil Twin; not something you see everyday with an Imperial Stout!

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

473ml (US Pint) can into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £7.60 for a single.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black, oily body, which remains completely unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, two-finger in height, mocha coloured head with excellent retention slowly condenses to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky clumps of broken lace.

The rich and robust nose predominantly comprises of roasted dark malts and semi-sweet cocoa. Milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and almond follow, while lesser notes of roasted coffee, cherry, dark fruit and rum soaked sponge fingers become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Upfront, notes of vanilla, almond liqueur and malted chocolate milkshake sweeten heavily roasted dark malts, baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, and espresso. Mid palate, faint biscuity malt joins lingering almond profiles to provide a vaguely biscotti-like impression, before being closely followed by cherry and hints of sticky dark fruit. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderate amount of soft, fine carbonation feels slick and smooth, coating the palate with a velvety-smooth creaminess. Towards the back end, sweetness recedes slightly, leaving baking chocolate, coffee and powdered cocoa to provide gentle roasted malt bitterness and lightly dry the palate. On the very end, traces of vanilla make a subtle reappearance, while hints of the otherwise incredibly well hidden 11.5% ABV provide pleasant warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Rich, chocolaty and robust, its vanilla and almond additions perfectly compliment the beers dark roasted backbone, without either element becoming too bitter or too sweet. It’s not particularly complex, and could finish fractionally drier, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, drinking dangerously easy considering the large serving size. Recommended.

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Photo of Martine
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With so much hype I had to get me a can. Make no mistake, it's excellent, but it still boils down to what you personally like in a stout; if you tend to go for the Imperial stouts which exude complexity in the form of rich, exotic flavours - vinous expresso, vanilla pod, unripened almond, young cacao, stewed oak-aged cherry brandy, and biscotti - then this is your God.

I can tell a well crafted beer, and this is such a product, but down to personal preference I still prefer a stout on the roasted/charcoal side of abyssal. Your 'Kernel brewery's Imperial Brown Stout's of the world and the Old Rasputin: Dense, burnt, bitter, ashen, thick as oil and giving no f*cks; no fruit involved, and as dense as a neutron star.

My mouth is sticky and my throat is warm; this is one for sipping in front of the fire alright, but matched with a side of loganberries and cheese over a cigar.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!! Just WOW!!! I don't normally write in my reviews, but this beer needs it's accolades! One of, if not the, greatest Imperial Stouts I have ever had the priviledge to try. I highly recommend rewarding yourself with this!!

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Photo of basaywhat
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and chocolate on the nose. Medium bodied, chocolate and cocoa, warm roast. Lingering cocoa and roast on the finish with a touch of warming alcohol.

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Photo of mac31
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet almond liqueur followed by some coffee and a rich stout base in the entry. Earthy hops play in the background. Sweet chocolate interplays with those hops, almond, and vanilla. Vanilla tones about the three quarter palate and lightens the whole flavor of the beer up. Coffee and roasty notes in the finish as well. A sweet stout for sure. The almond liqueur is a bit much for me. Otherwise, this is a really nice beer. Body is thinnish for a stout of this magnitude. Semi slickness in the mouthfeel apparent. Alcohol well covered. Warming effect is there. Carbonation is appreciably low. This is a nice beer, no doubt. The almond sweetness is a cloying component for me (if that makes sense.) I like this beer a lot. I really want to love, but the almond holds me back. If you like stouts try it, you may like it.

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